GKI - Go Ju Ryu Karate Do International
Chief Instructor - James RousseauI 9th Dan
Chairman - Len Sim 8th Dan
GKI is a non-profit making organisation that is dedicated to the promotion and teaching of classical and traditional Goju Ryu Karate Do based on the ideas of Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju Ryu. GKI conducts regular lectures, seminars and special courses for all students as well as a continuous training programme for coaches. Coaches have to conform to the highest standards, as set out by the organisation and are assessed on an ongoing basis.
Grading examinations are held at regular intervals for both students and instructors to ensure the development of the association as a whole. Tournaments and championships are organised at regular intervals. Members are encouraged to participate in National and International events.
Explanation of the Badge
The circle represents softness (JU). The square character in the centre means hard (GO). The hardness is within the softness and contained by it. This is the balance between hard and soft. We need to build on a firm foundation, be strong on the inside and show gentleness on the outside. This reflects the balance between positive and negative. To be in harmony with nature we need a balance in our own lives. In Goju Ryu Karate Do, many of the techniques appear soft on the surface but their strength flows from within. In both softness and hardness there is strength. Goju Ryu means hard and soft style. Karate translates as empty hand. This implies self-defence without weapons. Parts of the body are trained and conditioned to be used as weapons.